The view from the Riviera

It’s hard to find a more beautiful and glamorous location to shoot than the Côte d’Azur in the south of France, but new drama Riviera aims to expose its dark underbelly Cannes and the Côte d’Azur are synonymous with the international television industry through the MIPTV and MIPCOM events, but they have rarely been used […]

How Loaded went from Israel to Channel 4

Hillbilly TV co-founders Kate Norrish and Polly Leys recall how their UK drama business begn, and what had to change in order to Channel 4 to commission new scripted series Loaded, a remake of an Israeli format about a group of friends who become millionaires overnight It was while lying on the beach on holiday […]

Jamie, FoodTube and the changing face of MCNs

K7 Media’s Clare Thompson asks what the demise of Jamie Oliver’s FoodTube tells us about the changing online channels business. In September it was announced that the Jamie Oliver Media Group was to disband its FoodTube multichannel network, launched in 2013, then expanded to include DrinksTube, FamilyTube and 14 other talent-fronted channels including River Cottage, […]

Viewpoint: Discop Dubai fills a gap in the MENA market

On the eve of the inaugural Discop Dubai event, Yvonne Pilkington, senior VP of format sales and production at NBCUniversal International Formats, explains how content is evolving in the Middle East and North Africa region. The creation of Discop Dubai last year reflected the growing appetite for high-quality content in the Middle East. Boasting an […]

Viewpoint: Factual TV in a post-truth era

Jan Salling, CEO, Missing Link Media & co-chairman, FRAPA Donald Trump has become a leading exponent of  post-truth in his successful bid to win the White House. What might the implications be for factual television producers and programmers around the world? Twenty-sixteen saw some fascinating and worrying developments in terms of truth and the media […]

TV equality – it’s time to put women in charge

Kate Kinninmont MBE, CEO of WFTV in the UK When I started working for the BBC in Scotland, more than 30 years ago, I was one of only four women producers – and the only one with a young child. When we had any kind of family emergency my husband – also a TV producer […]

Writer’s block – keeping control of adaptations

Louise Berg from the entertainment and media industry group at global law firm Reed Smith on the rights difficulties that emerge when adapting novels and original intellectual property for television. In a recent interview, best-selling historical novelist Philippa Gregory spoke of her frustration when historical details in her novels are changed by scriptwriters. In her […]

How popular is your content… really?

Wared Seger, CEO and co-founder, Parrot Analytics Before the advent of writing, it was storytelling that connected, educated and entertained people of all ages and backgrounds. Yet it is unfortunate that one of the world’s oldest relationships has lost much of its romance. While the internet has facilitated an unprecedented ability for content creators to […]

Viewpoint: The anthology strikes back

Dan Whitehead, head of drama and digital at UK consultancy K7 Media, on how anthology dramas have emerged from their slumber Like any creative industry, TV drama is not immune from the lure of a good bandwagon, but few have caught on as quickly as the current mania for anthology series, as a look at […]

A first-timer’s (re)view of MIPCOM

So Drive made its virgin trip to MIPCOM as a distributor this week; full disclosure, we have been travelling to Cannes as a presales and co-pro agent since 2013, however this market we launched our finished programme catalogue and joined the company of several new distributors in this newly evolved world of rights exploitation. In one sense […]